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Beihai, World's Earliest Royal Garden


Part 2

White Jade Buddha Click to view full (19.4k)
The statue in a niche in the rear part of Chengguang Hall is 1.5 meters high. It was carved out of a whole piece of jade. The crown and garment are of gold foil and inlaid with red and green crystals. Its left arm bears gashes made by swords, a result of the looting of soldiers of the Eight-Power Allied Forces who invaded Beijing in 1900.

White Jade Buddha Yong'an Bridge Yong'an Bridge Click to view full (20.9k)
The bridge linking the Circular City and Jade Flower Islet was built in the 13th century. Lotus flowers and petals are carved on its balusters and fence boards. Two archways stand on either side of the bridge.

Lacebark Pine Click to view full (23.5k)
A story tells that Emperor Qian Long conferred on the tree the title of "White-Robed General". The ancient tree is still flourishing.

lacebark pine Jade Jar of Dushan Jade Jar of Dushan Click to view full (22.7k)
Carved out of a whole piece of jade 700 years ago, the jar weighs 3.5 tons. It was lost and retrieved in 1749, It bears exquisite carvings of dragons, water animals and clouds.


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